The Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control is seeking a Research Associate to support research and outreach for the organization’s Risk Report database. The position offers an excellent opportunity to gain experience mining open sources for information about proliferation and sanctions evasion networks, as well as conducting international capacity-building outreach. You will be joining a small team that values excellence, creativity, diligence, humor, and a commitment to the organization’s mission.

What you’ll do: The Research Associate will be part of a team responsible for Risk Report content and outreach.


  • Track developments related to proliferation, sanctions, and export controls to help set a research agenda for the database.
  • Conduct open-source investigations to identify and profile entities linked to proliferation and sanctions evasion and support the integration of these profiles in network visualizations.
  • Manage the work of junior staff, including coordinating entity-related assignments, vetting, and feedback.
  • Review and vet database content before publication to ensure that the Risk Report includes the latest regulatory and sanctions information and reflects developments and trends in our field.


  • Develop creative curricula based on Risk Report content to support outreach and training, using a learning management system and related e-learning software to build and conduct live and asynchronous distance learning engagements.
  • Participate in the organization’s global training initiative, which includes outreach to stakeholders in the public and private sectors (online and in-person).
  • Oversee logistics contracting related to Risk Report training, including venue, equipment rental, catering, interpretation, and translation.

Keys to success: A strong academic background (BA or BS degree required, Masters preferred) and 3-5 years of relevant experience. In addition, you should possess the following core qualifications to be successful in this position.

  1. Subject matter expertise: Familiarity with proliferation issues, as well as an understanding of sanctions and export controls. Expertise should be demonstrated by past research and writing on these topics.
  1. Rigor in research and writing: A strong interest in conducting in-depth, open-source research that balances thorough source evaluation with a creative mindset. Ability to evaluate diverse sources and understand what information to include/exclude. A commitment to accuracy.
  1. Clear communicator and good listener: The ability to articulate research priorities, provide constructive feedback, and translate complex ideas into a digestible form for diverse audiences. Comfortable receiving and giving feedback in the research and writing process. 
  1. Flexibility: Enjoys a small office environment that requires juggling planned and unexpected assignments and helping colleagues. Ability and willingness to accomplish tasks large and small, sometimes with little oversight. Interest and aptitude for learning new things.
  1. Technophile and tech-savvy: Knowledge of and openness to using technology and data to empower research. An interest in capitalizing on the ways technology is informing our field.

Compensation: This is a full-time, Washington D.C.-based staff position with generous benefits. Salary is based on experience and salary range for potential candidates will be shared after the first interview.

 To apply: Candidates should send a resume and cover letter by email to hr@wisconsinproject.org with “Research Associate – Risk Report” in the subject line. Application deadline: July 31.


The Wisconsin Project is a host organization for the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship. This Fellowship pays a salary for recent college and graduate school alumni to work for six to nine months with NGOs in Washington D.C. on international peace and security issues. For further information, please visit www.scoville.org.


We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Washington D.C. that conducts research and public education aimed at inhibiting strategic trade from contributing to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The Risk Report is a strategic trade control and sanctions database with open-source information on entities around the world linked to the development of weapons of mass destruction and long-range missiles. It is used in 40 countries by both governments and companies. Iran Watch is a website devoted to increasing awareness of the strategic situation in Iran, Iran’s nuclear weapon and missile potential, the entities contributing to this potential, and the sanctions imposed to limit it.

The Wisconsin Project does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of race, color, age, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, political affiliations or belief, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law. Women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and members of other historically underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply. We proudly support the Gender Champions in Nuclear Policy initiative.